Saturday, August 30, 2014

Who He Is: Part 1

Originally posted March 13, 2011. Completely rewritten and revised.

Drugs, alcohol, sex, food, video games, shopping... these are all things that people get addicted to, and there are many more. In this culture, we always stop and look for something to love—something to become our addiction. And the thing is, we always look to stuff like that. Earthly things that can be taken away from us. Small things that give us happiness for a little while until it fades away the next second and waits for us to do it again. That's apparently what we, as sinful humans, like.

But what about Jesus? Why do we have so few Christ addicts, when He is literally the only thing that can give us eternal joy? (1 Peter 1:8-9)

I don't know. I can't speak for the hearts and desires of the majority of the world population. But, I can give you a very supported idea.

Have you ever asked someone the question: "Who is God?" I've watched documentaries, I've read books, I've even done some asking myself with this question. I've found that the majority of people who are asked to define who God is don't answer it correctly. I mean, they have a general idea of who He is, but they use a language that dumbs Him down... a language that underestimates His power and glory. This makes me believe that the reason why so many people don't choose to be God addicts is because they don't know who God is. (Romans 1:21,25)

So, who is God? That's a big question that deserves a big answer...

1) God is a Trinity
Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14

You've probably heard of the Trinity before, and you probably know that it's kind of confusing. There is one God (Isaiah 45:5), yet three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three Persons are completely God (Philippians 1:2, Colossians 2:9, Acts 5:3-4), yet each are separate. This is a paradox that cannot be explained with complete accuracy, however it is true. But don't let it's mystery convince you that God is a hoax, let it convince you that God is great. Even His being is too amazing for us to comprehend. It's an idea that we can't logically wrap our minds around. Shouldn't that say something about God? Shouldn't that say something about us? God is unfathomably higher than we are. The things that we see as paradoxes, God understands fully because His understanding is infinite. (Psalm 145:3, 147:5, Isaiah 40:28)

2) God is a Spirit
John 4:24

This may seem like an irrelevant piece of trivia, but it actually means much more than what most people find it as. Sure, God is not made of material things (He made material things! Genesis 1:1), but the fact that He is Spirit means several different things that are important for us to know. He is living (Psalm 42:2, 84:2, 1 Thessalonians 1:9) He is invisible, as in we cannot perceive Him with our senses, (Colossians 1:15, John 1:18) and He is immortal (or everlasting) (1 Timothy 6:16, Psalm 100:5). These things are important because, if our God is not living, we would be serving a dead God; if our God is not invisible, then we could not have faith; if our God is not everlasting, then we are worshiping a God who will eventually pass away.

3) God is King
2 Chronicles 20:6, Psalm 47:2,7

God rules. There is nothing you can say or do against God and His will (Isaiah 14:27, Daniel 4:35). He is sovereign. That word, sovereign, means "possessing supreme or ultimate power." God has that (1 Chronicles 29:11-12) Because God is sovereign, all things happen either because He planned it to happen or because He allows it to happen. Even the bad things of this world, the evil and the suffering and the pain, are under His control, and God will one day rid the world of those evils (Revelation 21:4); He can do that because He has ultimate authority over everything. This begs the question: why is God waiting? Why hasn't He destroyed evil yet? I don't know. God's sovereign. He has His reasons and He has His plans. We can trust Him knowing that He's in control!

4) God is glorious
Psalm 24:8, 104:1

Glory refers to power, majesty, beauty, and magnificence. The best way to prove and explain the glory of God is to look at His creation. God is the creator of the world (Genesis 1:1, John 1:3) and His creation proclaims best His beauty and glory (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:20). When you look up at the sky, I guarantee you that you'll see at least one of three things: you either see the sun, the moon, or clouds (or on a rare occasion, right before the full moon on a partly cloudy day, all three!) Let me tell you something about the sun, moon, and clouds; the three most common sights that every seeing human being observes in the sky. The sun is a star, 330,000 times larger than the earth, made of plasma and magnetic fields, responsible for providing light and heat to the earth and sustaining all life by it's role in the rain cycle and photosynthesis. The moon is a spherical rock that revolves around earth, responsible for tides and the stabilization of our planet's rotation; plus, we would basically have no calendar without it. Clouds are large puffs of billions of water droplets that not only provide the earth with water (giving us things like food and... well, water), but also help maintain earth's temperature. Three beautiful, wonderful and powerful things—they were all created by God to give us just a glimpse of His glory.

5) God loves us
John 4:7-8, Psalm 86:15

We like to toss this phrase around a lot without actually grasping the intensity of the love that God shows us. Not only does He provide (Philippians 4:19), protect (2 Samuel 22:3), and care for us (1 Peter 5:7), But He also sent God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to die for us (Romans 5:8). See, we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and we therefore all deserve death (Romans 6:23). But God, in His abounding love and mercy put our punishment onto Jesus who deserved no death. He did not die on any cross, He died on our cross, so that we wouldn't have to (John 3:16, Ephesians 2:4-5, 1 John 4:9-11). That's the Gospel. That is the grace we are saved by. God is offering us the gift of salvation from the punishment of sins. All we need to do is believe and accept it (Romans 10:9)!

Can drugs do that? Can sex do that? Can money do that? Can food do that? Whatever you think about when you first wake up, whatever you spend your time and money on, whatever you care about and talk about and worry about, is it even close to who God is? What is more valuable, the things of the world or the Creator of the world? The difference between a God addiction and an addiction to anything else is that God is actually worth it; He's worth our time, our money, our thoughts, our desires... He's worth everything.

And God thinks you are worth His Son's blood. He loves you and He wants you. The reason He created you was so that He could love you and so that you can love Him back. God created you to be a Christaholic. Why would you ever want anything different?

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, 
the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:17

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm Back!

"Permanent Termination." Those are funny words. However, those were the exact words I used on April 4, 2013 to describe what I was going to do to Christaholic: The God Addiction. I guess you can say, the idea didn't stick. Things continued to happen, stuff progressed, and I began to become more and more re-interested in the things of this blog. So, I have made the decision to change "permanent deletion" into "temporary resurrection!"

There are a number of reasons why I'm coming back to this blog. One of them is because when I had this blog, I was studying, I was learning, I was growing in the Lord, in prayer, in the Bible, curious about the things of God... when I stopped writing here, that kinda began fading away. I didn't backslide or run away from the Lord or anything, I just began to plateau. The line on my spiritual growth graph was becoming more and more horizontal. In other words, I was growing, it was just taking a long time. So, one of the reasons I'm coming back is because I enjoy the spiritual fulfillment and growth that it produces. Another reason is because I love writing. It's my love and my passion. But, when I'm not writing for God's honor, I'm basically wasting my talent. So this is partly for God-glorifying writing practice :P. Last but not least, I'm back because God told me to come back. Over and over again, He kept reminding me about this place, inserting the idea in my brain and showing me the great things that I started. After some prayer about it, God made it clear: it's time to come back. So here I am... back.

Some notable changes to let you be aware of...

1) New design.

This design is cleaner, sleeker, cooler, more postmodern, etc. I took away a lot of the extras that were really just wasting space and internet data, I centered the text so it would be less lopsided, I changed my color scheme from red and black to red and white so it would look less demonic and be easier on the eyes, I've removed some of the less-than-edifying tabs, I've changed the primary Bible version from NIV to NASB, I've rearranged some things just so they could be easier to find and get to... basically, this design is just better than the last. Last one was designed to look cool, this one is designed to look good. But, in honor of my last design, which was bold, intense, fun to look at, and blood-warming, I snagged a screenshot of it and saved it just for you!

2) All of the 80-some-odd blogposts are gone.

First of all, there were 79 blogposts. But yes, they are gone. I went to my blog list, selected every single one of them, and threw them away in the trash to be deleted for all eternity.

Just kidding, I only reverted them into drafts (i.e., I still have them, and they are perfectly healthy). My plan is to revisit those old posts, revise them, and repost them sometime in the days ahead. So, for the next few months, you'll likely get a lot of CTGA reruns mingled with posts that are brand spanking new. So that basically explains why my blogposts are no longer on here as published. Also, if you would direct your attention to the top-left hand corner of the blog under "Pages", you will see a link that says Post Archive. That is basically where all my posts will be archived (obviously).

3) I changed the theme verse... kinda

James 1:21 is no longer underneath the blog name... now it's Psalm 73:25. There was no particular reasoning behind this verse change, it was just an, "Oh that's cool, let's do that," moment. You'd be surprised how many Christaholic verses there are, though: Matthew 6:33, Psalm 42:1, Luke 10:27... Anyways, that's what happened. You can be assured that James 1:21 will be referenced several times throughout the blog.

I hope you enjoy the "new" blog! But even more so, I pray that God is glorified through it once more.

New posts are coming soon!!

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that 
remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word 
implanted, which is able to save your souls.
James 1:21